Accra Hearts of Oak former coach, Kenichi Yatsuhashi says he is surprised at the club’s failure to win the Ghana Premier League (GPL) despite a promising start to the season.
The American-Japanese manager, who was ridiculed as a ‘mechanic’, picked 13 points out of 15 in the opening five games of the season and saw his side finishing second behind eventual winners Wa All Stars after the first-half of the season.
However, he mutually terminated his contract with the Phobians before the start of the second round after several reports of unhealthy relationship between him and the club’s management.
He was replaced by Portuguese manager Sergio Traguil, who was in turn redeployed to the junior team after ten matches, with his assistant coach Yaw Preko finishing the season as a stop-gap.
“I am disappointed that Hearts failed to win the league title, especially knowing how the players put in a lot of efforts during the time I was there,” Kenichi told Goal.
“It has been a long time they won the title and I think this was the closest the club came because we were only one point behind Wa All Stars who won the title after the first round.
“Honestly, I am shocked but can’t tell what went wrong after my departure. It is up to the club’s top hierarchy because I wasn’t there. Moreover, the league matches are not available to watch outside Africa, so I could not see anything on the field of play that may have accounted to this after I left Ghana,” he added
Kenichi declined to share any suggestions on how Hearts should manage their upcoming campaign.
“I am in no position to give an advice to the club. I am a coach and only know how to coach. What must be done or not does not come into my job description.
“I appreciate Hearts for the opportunity they gave me for eight months but they know what is wrong and must be fixed not me,” he said.
Kenichi Yatsuhashi dismissed reports that he could be on his way back to the Accra-based outfit after leaving the club in June on mutual terms.
The Japanese reportedly held talks with Hearts chairman Togbui Afede this month.
“I spoke with Togbui Afede but did not ask to return to Hearts of Oak,” Kenichi said on Twitter.
The Phobians are still in search of a new head coach, to be recruited ahead of the new season, according to reports.